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Waterloo's Cammarata living up to top-pick billing

by Adam Kimelman

Last year, the Waterloo Black Hawks selected Taylor Cammarata with the first pick of the United States Hockey League draft, and he's been making the club look smart ever since.

Cammarata hasn't let his small stature -- he's listed by NHL Central Scouting at 5-foot-7 and 156 pounds -- slow him down. That includes Sunday, when he had a pair of goals, four assists and a plus-5 rating in an 8-3 win at the Youngstown Phantoms.

His big weekend -- he also had a pair of assists in a 3-2 defeat of Team USA on Saturday -- moved him to the top of the USHL scoring race with 17 points in just nine games.

Cammarata, rated as a C skater in Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, wasn't the only draft prospect in the USHL to have a big weekend. Here are a few others:

* A few of Cammarata's teammates turned in big performances over the weekend. Goalie Eamon McAdam stopped all 33 shots he faced Friday in a 3-0 shutout of the Muskegon Lumberjacks. On Saturday, center Justin Kloos two assists in the 3-2 defeat of Team USA, and in Sunday's win Kloos had a goal and an assist and defenseman Ian McCoshen had two assists.

* Lincoln Stars center Luke Johnson, an A-rated skater, had a goal and an assist Friday in a 4-1 win at Youngstown.

* Jack Rowe, Riley Bourbonnais and Gavin Beyreuther each had a goal and an assist for Cedar Rapids in the RoughRiders' 5-1 win Friday against the Indiana Ice.

* Sioux Falls center Dennis Kravchenko had a goal and an assist Friday in the Stampede's 4-2 win against the Sioux City Musketeers. Saturday, he had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 defeat of the Tri-City Storm.

* Dubuque teammates Niklas Nevalainen and Peter Quenneville had a goal and two assists each in the Fighting Saints' 4-2 defeat of the Des Moines Buccaneers on Friday.

* Chicago's Chris Nell stopped 45 of 46 shots in the Steel's 2-1 win Saturday at Sioux City.

* Dubuque defenseman John Stevens, a C-rated skater, had a pair of assists Saturday in a 3-2 defeat of Cedar Rapids that extended the Fighting Saints' season-opening win streak to nine games.

* Omaha right wing Kenneth Gillespie scored the game's only goal in the Lancers' 1-0 defeat of Des Moines on Sunday. In a losing effort, Des Moines goalie stopped 46 of 47 shots.

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